I’ve been meaning to set up this website for a while.
I started teaching the saxophone all the way back in 2002 when I was a student at the Royal College of Music. I took a Saturday morning job teaching at Wimbledon School of Performing Arts (or WiSPA as it was known) basically because I was a broke student and needed the money. Very quickly though I realised something….I love teaching.
There’s absolutely nothing like the buzz you get when a student is also so enthusiastic about the thing you hold so dear. Music.
Music is what I love. Sure, performing is great, but there is something about passing that knowledge, that passion, on to someone else. When a student “gets it” and has that “bug” it’s a really brilliant feeling.
Over the years I’ve taught in the full range of institutions, from primary and prep-schools all the way through to now teaching as Professor of Saxophone at London College of Music and being a Visiting Lecturer for the Royal College of Music.
What I’ve noticed over these 18 years of teaching is that it really doesn’t matter the standard of the student. It’s their desire to learn and love for music that I enjoy the most.
Factor in the fact that the saxophone is one of the most fun instruments to play, purely because it is so diverse.
The saxophone can have a gorgeous vocal like quality making it perfect for classical music (yes, I said classical music), but then it can also have the power and fire in its tone to produce the most blistering of jazz and pop solos. It’s such a chameleon!
As a performer I am relatively unique in that I was classically trained, but now spend most of my time playing jazz and pop, whilst teaching a lot of advanced level classical music.
I love how this diverse performing career has permeated into my teaching. One lesson I might have a student working on a transcription of a Bach sonata, followed by a student learning a transcription by Charlie Parker, followed by a student learning to improvise and play pop licks over the latest House tune!
This variety really keeps me on my toes and my teaching fresh and ever changing.
If that sounds like it might be of interest to you for your saxophone playing, whatever your standard, feel free to give me a call or drop my a line. I’d love to hear from you.